Another week, another controversy as Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho’s behaviour has cast a shadow over Gareth Southgate’s preparations for England’s friendly clash with Wales.
All three players look set to miss out against Ryan Giggs’ men, which should give them time to find the half a brain each of them seems to be missing.
Amidst all the shenanigans though is a UK smackdown on the horizon between two teams who will not want to lose to their home nation rivals.
|Fixture||England v Wales (International Friendly)|
|Date||Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 20:00|
|Where||Wembley Stadium, London|
|How to Watch||Live on Sky Sports|
Our Top Pick – Under 2.5 Match Goals – 23/20 at bet365
It may seem like an odd prediction when one of the teams has Jordan Pickford in goal, but hear me out!
Wales have kept clean sheets in their last four games and haven’t conceded more than one goal in their last nine.
While England’s defences haven’t been breached in five games.
Speaking of Pickford, old Flora Fingers should start, but his days as England and Everton keeper could be numbered if he doesn’t cut out the lapses in concentration that have plagued him this season.
And that could be just the motivation he needs to pull a performance out of his kit bag.
Our Extra Pick – Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Score – 8/11 at Ladbrokes
With nine goals in six appearances and two hat tricks already to his name, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is arguably Europe’s most in-form striker.
The Everton ace must be on cloud nine as he prepares to win his first cap this week.
And nothing about Calvert-Lewin’s play this season suggests he will be over-awed by the occasion.
Our Long Shot – 1-1 Correct Score – 10/1 at bet365
Both teams may have one eye on Nations League challenges later in the week, as England face Belgium and Wales face the Republic of Ireland.
And that, added to both teams’ defensive solidity of late, leads us to believe a low-scoring draw could well be on the cards.